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-- mentioned that it has been declared a by california governor jerry brown, who will be visiting jpl later on. i want to start with our panel and introduce them. first we have michael meyer, the lead scientist for the mars exploration program in washington. we have the msl project manager for the jet propulsion laboratory. we have the physical investor of the -- investigator of the chem cam instrument from the los alamos laboratory in new mexico. next is the lead rubber plant at -- leader rover planner at jpl. also the principal investigator from chem cam in new mexico. last, the deputy project scientist at jpl. we will start with a special announcement from michael. >> before i make the announcement, which i think all of you will enjoy, i would like to show you a short video. this video was made on the eve of the arrival at mars -- this was in november of 1971. in the video, you will see a couple of people you might recognize -- bruce murray and carl sagan and ray bradbury. if we can look at that video -- >> i was hoping, during the last few days, as we get closer to mars and the dust cleare
last second decisions on its own. with no help from the engineers at j.p.l. >> as far as the amount of control that the team has during entry, descent and landing, it's identical to the control that anybody watching at home has. we're all along for the ride. >> reporter: scientists can only watch as the last seven minutes of this ambitious mission determines the outcome says cbs news space analyst bill harwell. >> if it is a success it will be one of the great scientific triumphs of the space-age and if it fails i think it could be a setback for interplanetary exploration. >> reporter: the mission is to search for evidence that mars once could support life, an exploration that is expected to last two years. >> glor: what kind of tools and equipment does the rover have? >> well, it begins with the mask there that has a number of cameras on it to capture detailed panoramic images of regard mars as you have never seen before. other than that it is equipped to do what a human geologist would do on mars. pick up samples of rock and soil and then run them through an onboard laboratory to
by laboratory -- i'm sorry. the jpl research scientist working with nasa, dr. luther beagle this morning. good to you have with us. >> good to be here. >> bill: curiosity as now we understand, on its way moving ever so slowly toward this mountainside is it or so of 400 meters away? >> yeah. we're moving to a place called triple plain. it's got a name -- i'm going to pronounce it wrong. but it is called galag. we've called it that because we have a naming convention. we've named this pretty interesting. we'll explore and see what's there. >> bill: how long will it take you to get there? 400 meeters is not a long distance. >> it is about a quarter of a mile. we're driving right now around 30 to 40 meters per day. it will take about ten days to get there if we go in a straight line. if we see something interesting along the way we'll stop and check it out. >> bill: what have we learned so far from curiosity? >> well, we've just come out of the checkout phase. we use the first two and a half, three weeks to make sure
. john blackstone is at jpl in pasadena, california. john, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. i think we can safely say this morning that the jet propulsion lab is the happiest place on earth. because the "curiosity" over, the car-sized rover, this is just a model, the real thing is safely on the surface of mars. it's such a complex landing that some observers gave the chances of success at no better than 50/50. nobody had ever done anything like this before. and it was all happening 154 million miles away. >> we're just under six minutes to entry. >> in mission control, the tension was obvious as the spacecraft approached mars to begin what was called seven minutes of terror. but with each successful stage of the entry, confidence grew. >> parachute deploy. [ applause ] >> nothing was certain, however, until "curiosity" was confirmed to have landed safely on martian soil. >> touchdown confirmed we are safe on mars. [ cheering ] >> as the celebration began, mission control seemed to lose control. many involved had been working on this mars rover for a decade. >> lift-off. >>
to be there sunday night at jpl lab, in the control room. >> no way. >> watching the thing. it's really cool, you know whatever the satellite or whatever it is that's taking it up there, near mars and there is a parachute. >> a rocketship. >> okay. the parachute opens and the rover comes down and then there is a crane actually that will lower it and put it right on the surface. >> they are doing this from however far mars is away from here? millions of miles? >> unbelievable. >> will we be able to watch any of that, i wonder. >> we have the olympics. we can at least have this. >> this might be the only thing that could pull me away from the olympics. i might actually watch this. >> they are going to tape delay it if it's on nbc. >> that's true. >> why don't you find out and let us know before the end of the program. i think it's very exciting. again, citizens united. health care here at the top of the hour and jobs in the next hour. but first: >> this is the full"the full court press". >> other headlines making news two major gold medal wins for the u.s. in lonton
the olympics. it sounded like last night at the jpl, at the jet prop pulse lab who are the ones responsible for the mars rover working for nasa. their laboratory in pasadena california. here was the big word. >> wooo! wooo >> they are wound pretty tight. >> they have been working. imagine how many years they have been working on this thing. >> sure, yeah. >> how much money they spent. originally, they put one.$6,000,000,000 toward this project and it ended up costing two and a half billion dollars. >> my tax dollars well spent. >> uh-huh. >> just amazing. what was it? like 14 minutes or so because there wasn't any direct line with earth at the time that it landed. so it took 14 minutes for it to kind of turn the corner and make that what? 154 million miles. so it took that long. there was a period where they thought it was down but they didn't know for like 14 minutes, i guess. they had to wait and wait and wait and wait and then boom. >> that's when that news came. very exciting. >> it's awesome. i love -- i love the space program stuff. >> yeah. >> and the
the way. quick trivia, on the wheels of the curiosity rover is morse code and translates to jpl, the jet propulsion laboratory where they were doing the fist pumps and the high five's when it landed. there you go. >> news you can use this morning. seven minutes after the hour and a big controversy, an ex navy seal catching the pentagon completely by surprise, a man that claims he was a member of the u.s. navy seal team six is coming out with a book about the raid that killed osama bin laden. the title," no easy day," the release day september 11, 2012, and they say it is a pen name and the author they say is no longer on active duty. we'll have a live report coming up later in the hour. >>> it is one of the biggest outbreaks of the west nile virus in this country ever before. we'll tell you what you need to know next. becoming a fulltime indoor cat wasn't easy for atti. but he had purina cat chow indoor. he absolutely loved it. and i knew he was getting everything he needed to stay healthy indoors. and after a couple of weeks, i knew we were finally home! [ female announcer ] purina cat
you don't want to lose it right away. it takes a long time for this to go. engineers back at jpl send the signal. the signal goes back to that. it does maybe 10 or 15 feet, comes back, says i made it. got all the way here. let's do it again. they send another signal the next day or next day. >> can't wait until they head toward mt. sharp. chad myers, thank you. we'll keep talking about it. that's it for me. brooke baldwin here in new york. hope you wake up with me. in the meantime, here's wolf. in the meantime, here's wolf. your situation room begins now. -- captions by vitac -- >>> happening now, the embattled senate candidate todd akin digging in. can republicans across the country whether this storm? >>> plus, all eyes on an actual storm. isaac may be headed toward the gop convention site in tampa. just as festivities get under way. we'll have the latest update from the national hurricane center. it's about to be released. we'll also bring it to you just as soon as it comes in. >>> an explosive outbreak of west nile virus consuming much of the united states right
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